I was commissioned to produce the sound design for this theatrical soundwalk by Talking Birds. Walk With Me Willenhall is the third walk in a series that explores the social history of different neighbourhoods in the city of Coventry. Written by Stephanie Ridings, the walk explores the landmarks, history, people and stories of the Willenhall area as told by a guide with a mysterious device that can tune into soundwaves from the past. Walkers can hear these soundscapes via wireless headphones as they walk a route around the local area.
I designed the sounds of the listening device tuning into the different soundscapes using electromagnetic coil recordings of various devices. The soundscapes recreated scenes and events from the past such as a church fire, VE day celebrations and children swimming in the river. They also included original music composed by Amy Kakoura.
The walk was directed by Jo Gleave and the guide ‘Annie’ was played by Miriam O’Brien. Group guided walks ran on 9, 10, 17, 18 October 2020.